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1Truth
5 years ago#1
This topic for FFXII fans who are concerned that current-gen (PS4/Xbox One) will revolve around FFXV and its sequels, much like last-gen (PS3/Xbox 360) did with the FFXIII trilogy. The following points provide corroborated evidence that Hiroyuki Ito (FFXII, FFXII IZJS Director) is currently working on FFXVI for current-gen. The game will likely use an evolution of Active Dimension Battle (ADB) and Gambits from FFXII.

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November 2011

(1) Yoshinori Kitase (FFX, FFXIII Producer) said that we may get FFXV and FFXVI in the near future.

February 2012

(2) Hironobu Sakaguchi (Creator of FF series) told me face-to-face while he was in London to promote The Last Story, he believes Hiroyuki Ito can make FF a leading and respected RPG series again.

March 2012

(3) Shinichi Tatsuke (Producer within Square Enix Mobile Division), said that Hiroyuki Ito only provided the original concept for the iOS/Android game Guardian Cross, and was not a member of the actual development team.

July 2012

(4) Yoichi Wada (President of Square Enix) never debunked the rumor that Hiroyuki Ito was secretly directing FFXV, even though the rumor blew up on 2ch and various Japanese gaming blogs. However, two days later, he used Twitter to debunk the rumor that FF VersusXIII had been cancelled, which had shown up on 2ch earlier that day. Why didn't he debunk both rumors? There must have been some truth to the rumor about Ito.

August 2012

(5) Naoki Yoshida (FFXIV Producer/Director) said that Hiroyuki Ito was not working on FFXIV: A Realm Reborn. However, he wouldn't disclose what game Ito was working on.

(6) Naoki Yoshida said that FFXIV ARR is the starting point of regaining people's trust in the FF franchise. He added it will make people excited to see what will be in store for them in FFXV and FFXVI.

September 2012

(7) Hiroyuki Ito said that the current-gen (PS3/Xbox 360) was too weak to handle his gameplay ideas. The reason was due to him being held back by insufficient RAM and CPU power.

February 2013

(8) Naoki Yoshida said that back in December 2010, when he became Producer/Director of FFXV 1.0, many other staff were brought in from other projects. He added that Hiroshi Minagawa (Tactics Ogre PSP Director) is multi-tasking FFXIV ARR with another big project. Minagawa is not working on LR FFXIII or FFXV, so what other big project is he also working on? Bare in mind that Minagawa was the Director of FFXII alongside Hiroyuki Ito.

May 2013

(9) I asked Toshiyuki Itahana (FFIX Character Designer) via Twitter if Hiroyuki Ito will direct another mainline FF. He replied saying that he also respects Hiroyuki Ito as an amazing game creator, and that I should please look forward to Ito's next game.

(10) Nobuo Uematsu (Composer of FF series) told me face-to-face while he was in London for a Final Fantasy concert by the London Symphony Orchestra, he can guarantee that Hiroyuki Ito will direct another FF game. When I asked if Ito will direct either FFXV or FFXVI, he laughed and replied that his answer would get him in trouble with Square Enix.
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1Truth
5 years ago#2
June 2013

(11) FFXV was announced at E3 2013. Seeing as the game was originally announced as FF VersusXIII at E3 2006, which was 7 years ago, the game that was originally supposed to be FFXV must have therefore been renamed FFXVI and given more development time.

(12) Shinji Hashimoto (FF Brand Director) said during a Q&A after Square Enix's E3 2013 press conference, FFXV being an Action RPG will not alter the direction of the FF series. FFXV is a standalone title, with a real-time battle system being ideal for what it wants to achieve. He added that FFXVI could return to using something similar to the Active Time Battle (ATB) system.

July 2013

(13) Shinji Hashimoto said that Hiroyuki ito has been planning and proposing ideas for a new project. He added that Ito is putting a lot of depth into the gameplay systems and mechanics. As a result, development of this project would take some time.

September 2013

(14) Shinji Hashimoto told me face-to-face while he was in London for the European launch of KH 1.5 ReMIX, the reason Hiroyuki Ito hasn't worked on any current-gen (PS3/360) FF games is because he's been busy planning his own project. When I asked when his project will be announced, he replied saying that Ito's adding a lot of depth to the gameplay systems and mechanics. As a result, the announcement of this project will take some time.

(15) I asked Yasumi Matsuno (FFT, Vagrant Story Director) via Twitter if he would write the scenario for FFXVI if Hiroyuki Ito was the director. He replied saying he unfortunately had "certain reservations" about answering the question. In other words, the answer to the question was in NDA territory.

(16) Yasumi Matsuno announced that he was working on two new games with Playdek. However, he said he will not be directing either of them. The reason is because he's also got other projects going for other companies, some of which have assigned a large amount of work for him to do.

October 2013

(17) Motomu Toriyama (FFX, FFXIII Director) stated that the FFXIII team has yet to think about their next project after Lightning Returns: FFXIII. Instead, they're going to be take a vacation and when they come back from that, they'll then start brainstorming ideas for their next game.

(18) Motomu Toriyama told me face-to-face while he was in London for a community Q&A event for LR FFXIII, he would find it very unusual if Hiroyuki Ito never worked on another FF game.

November 2013

(19) The website http://www.agnisphilosophy.com was updated. The update added an employment page that listed various vacant positions on the Luminous Studio team. It also included a page with comments made by the current Luminous Studio staff. These comments included hints that another FF besides FFXV is already in production using the engine.
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5 years ago#3
February 2014

(20) Naoki Yoshida said that he's sure there will be a FFXV and FFXVI, but he will constantly try to bring in fresh, new material for FFXIV ARR. That way, it won't get ignored and forgotten by gamers when the newer mainline FF games release.

(21) Yoshinori Kitase said that the technical specs of PS4/One will allow battles in FFXVI to have many more participants involved; there will be more characters for the player to control and more enemies to defeat. He added that the Gambit system, which Hiroyuki Ito created in FFXII, may return and be used to help the player control all the characters available.

(22) Yoshinori Kitase told me face-to-face while he was in London for the European launch of LR FFXIII, the reason Hiroyuki Ito has not worked on the FFXIII trilogy, FFXIV ARR, and the forthcoming FFXV, is because he has his own development team at Square Enix and is busy leading his own project.

(23) Yoshinori Kitase confirmed the FFXII team, which is headed by Hiroyuki Ito, is still intact within Square Enix. Seeing as this team hasn't released a AAA game since FFXII International Zodiac Job System in 2007, it's safe to assume they're currently developing FFXVI for PS4/One.

(24) Yoshinori Kitase hinted that the platform of the FFXIII team's next project could be Smartphones and Tablets. He added that the team already devoted a decade to making the FFXIII trilogy for consoles, and during those 10 years, viable platforms like iOS and Android have appeared to also develop games for.

(25) Yoshinori Kitase stated that FFXVI would not be for Smartphones. The reason is because Square Enix always expects mainline FF games to be very high-end, top quality, high definition products, as it's the flagship global IP of the company.

(26) Hiroyuki Ito did an interview about his thoughts on the PS4 hardware, which was launching in Japan the following day. Ito said that the aspect of the PS4 he's mostly interested in is how it can connect to the PS Vita and provide a second screen for the player. He said the HDTV screen acts like a football stadium and is what everyone in the audience can see, while the PS Vita screen is seen only by the coach and is the means by which he gives orders to his team.

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References

(1) http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-11-16-final-fantasy-13-2-preview

(2) None. This information was said to me in person.

(3) http://app.famitsu.com/20120329_47667/

(4) Two sources:

2ch thread with rumor of Ito secretly directing FFXV (posted on July 21 and active until July 30):
http://anago.2ch.net/test/read.cgi/ghard/1342860369/

Wada's tweet debunking the rumor about FF VersusXIII being cancelled (posted on July 23):
https://twitter.com/yoichiw/status/227628674780909568

(5) https://twitter.com/APZonerunner/status/238359219076734977

(6) http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-08-17-regaining-fans-trust-in-final-fantasy-will-take-a-long-time-ff14-producer-says

(7) http://www.1up.com/features/final-fantasy-hiroyuki-ito-science

(8) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at44LK3vGEw&feature=youtu.be&t=4m39s

(9) https://twitter.com/itabee/status/331777078380883969

(10) None. This information was said to me in person.
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5 years ago#4
(11) http://www.square-enix.com/na/company/press/2006/0508_1/

(12) http://www.gametrailers.com/videos/qiqmcn/final-fantasy-xv-e3-2013--q---a-part-1

(13) http://www.rpgsite.net/interview/3144-talking-talent-western-development-and-sequels-with-final-fantasy-producer-shinji-hashimoto

(14) None. This information was said to me in person.

(15) https://twitter.com/YasumiMatsuno/status/374329899332292608

(16) http://www.usgamer.net/articles/tgs-yasumi-matsunos-new-world

(17) http://youtu.be/SeAt0rkx-V8?t=11m5s

(18) None. This information was said to me in person.

(19) http://www.agnisphilosophy.com/en/career/getech/staff.html

(20) http://www.polygon.com/2014/2/13/5405344/final-fantasy-14s-playstation-4-launch-is-just-the-start-for-naoki

(21) http://www.videogamer.com/ps4/final_fantasy_15/news/final_fantasy_15_quite_far_into_development_given_high_priority_by_square.html

(22) http://www.joystiq.com/2014/02/17/square-enix-producer-kitase-on-lightning-returns-reviews-hd-rem/

(23) http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-02-17-a-chat-about-that-final-fantasy-7-remake

(24) http://youtu.be/C-VT5wE-iNo?t=16m26s

(25) http://www.joystiq.com/2014/02/17/square-enix-producer-kitase-on-lightning-returns-reviews-hd-rem/

(26) http://dengekionline.com/elem/000/000/807/807374/
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1Truth
5 years ago#5
OK, that's all. You can now post.

Feel free to ask me for any clarification you may need on the statements that were said to me in person. The reason I have no sources for them is because I never recorded the replies I received with video or microphone. Their replies to my question were off the record, which is something I now regret as it's always good to have some form of proof.
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Spazzlingz
5 years ago#6
very impressive, square sure has been sneaky about what ito's been up to and they would obviously not like to hinder ffxv's hype with the announcement of a new FF directed by Hiroyuki. I'm convinced that he'll be the director of FFXVI, thanks to you.
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more_cow_bell
5 years ago#7
1Truth posted...
The reason I have no sources for them is because I


just like to make s*** up.
monkey

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1Truth
5 years ago#8
Spazzlingz posted...
very impressive, square sure has been sneaky about what ito's been up to and they would obviously not like to hinder ffxv's hype with the announcement of a new FF directed by Hiroyuki. I'm convinced that he'll be the director of FFXVI, thanks to you.

No problem, bro.

The writing was always on the wall with this one, IMO. There's no way you can have a key staff member like Hiroyuki Ito, who has already directed three mainline FF games, be absent from the FF series since 2007. He's definitely been up to something behind the scenes these past few years. I'm very excited to see what he's been working on. I don't even mind the long wait, as the longer he spends on this game, the more groundbreaking it will be when finished. However, that said, I hope his game gets announced or released in 2017, as that's the FF series' 30 anniversary. It would be an epic way to celebrate it! :)

more_cow_bell posted...
1Truth posted...
The reason I have no sources for them is because I


just like to make s*** up.

If you have nothing positive to say then why bother posting at all? Please don't start needless beef in this thread.

I'm not making those quotes up, even though I have no source for them. After all, many people on the FFXV board disbelieved me when I made a thread saying that Yasumi Matsuno replied to me on Twitter when I asked him if he would write the screenplay for FFXVI if Hiroyuki Ito was the director. They all claimed I was saying BS and that Matsuno would never reply to me on Twitter, yet alone reply to a question about FFXVI. I told them to disbelieve me if they wanted to because I wasn't prepared to post a source due to not wanting to expose my Twitter account on that board. However, seeing as this is the FFXII board and home to fellow Matsuno fans, I'm more willing to expose my Twitter account here, which is why I posted the link to Matsuno's tweet.

Anyway, as I said, if you don't want to believe my off the record statements then don't. No force on my end. Besides, there's many other sourced points in my OP for you to ponder over. All that said, please don't come into this thread and start dissing in an effort to start arguments. I'm not going to feed your trolling by derailing this thread in an off-topic discussion.
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judge-sal
5 years ago#9
makes sense.
I really hope XVI, or any new release for that matter, goes back to the XII battle system. I know it got a lot of hate but it's my favorite battle system. It felt more engaging and the open combat was awesome. And if they do add more characters to the active party, it will make Gambits feel more legitimate as a strategy, instead of an "easy way out" of physically playing the game.
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1Truth
5 years ago#10
judge-sal posted...
makes sense.
I really hope XVI, or any new release for that matter, goes back to the XII battle system. I know it got a lot of hate but it's my favorite battle system. It felt more engaging and the open combat was awesome. And if they do add more characters to the active party, it will make Gambits feel more legitimate as a strategy, instead of an "easy way out" of physically playing the game.

I'm sure that both Active Dimension Battle (ADB) and Gambits will return in any future mainline FF that Hiroyuki Ito is directing. He said in the interview on the FFXII Collector's Edition DVD that ADB was still rough in FFXII, much like how ATB was rough in FFIV. In the same way ATB matured in FFV, he hopes to mature ADB in future FF game.

Here's a link to the specific part of the interview where he said this:
http://youtu.be/EYIzjBbO2FQ?t=2m29s
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